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Mesut Ozil of Arsenal FC warms up during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Sporting CP and Arsenal at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 25, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The 30-year-old has featured in just one of Arsenal's past seven league games, and it continues to appear that manager Unai Emery does not trust the 2014 FIFA World Cup victor to play to his instruction.

There is obvious frustration over why Ozil is so regularly unavailable and the midfielder's fitness and well-being will be closely monitored in the coming weeks.

And Ozil may have just hinted that he's starting the game.

It remains to be seen whether Ozil will return to the starting XI for the clash against the Belorussians.

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"When you can train with a regularity, with consistency it can help [produce the] best performance to help us in the games and now, this week, it's good for all the players because I think we are in an important moment for the season".

"The key is in his hand".

"He said it wouldn't feel right competing against Arsenal, but time is a healer and he probably now thinks "I want to go back there to prove a few people wrong". And he is working very well this week'.

The Arsenal head coach said Özil must be consistently available for selection and for training "without the injuries, without being sick".

"Together, with their support, I know our players can play and give their all".

Calling Wenger "one of the best managers in the history of football" is certainly the biggest of compliments and it shows that there is a humble side to Mourinho, one that we don't often see.